ImportExcel is a wonderful module that lets you interact with Excel files using powershell without having Excel installed. I have been using @DougFinke’s module to great success fo some time, however for some situations I found it easier to manage my interaction with Excel files using SQL.

To accomplish this I was using oledb to query the file. I was just copy/pasting a function around as needed. Since I used ImportExcel already, I thought it would be nice to integrate this with that module. I thought perhaps my use was an edge case, but what better place to add it if someone else could use this?

I submitted a feature request, and then a PR to @DougFinke’s repo, but also went ahead and published a Read-OleDbData module to give @DougFinke something to look at.

@DougFinke worked with me to get it up to release/addition standard for his module, and as of v7.3.1 this ability is now available to everyone that uses ImportExcel!

@DougFinke wrote up some nice examples and a great intro video. Copy/paste from the examples below.

$queries = 
'select * from [sheet1$A:A]',
'select * from [sheet1$]',
'select * from [sheet1$A2:E11]',
'select F2,F5 from [sheet1$A2:E11]',
'select * from [sheet1$A2:E11] where F2 = "Grocery"',
'select F2 as [Category], F5 as [Discount], F5*2 as [DiscountPlus] from [sheet1$A2:E11]'

foreach ($query in $queries) {
  "query: $($query)"
  Invoke-ExcelQuery .\testOleDb.xlsx $query | Format-Table  

My personal use-case for this was processes that mashed up data from SQL and Excel. In those processes I found it easier to use SQL files to hold the queries. Using SQL files allowed me to use a simple loop where I pulled some data using a ‘type’ of datasource and a sql file to hold the query.

Any questions and you can hit me up on twitter @RoyAshbrook

I hope this helps out someone else out there =)